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Poster: Scott Bot Date: Aug 5, 2004 6:21am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Prelinger films sold on ebay

Is this legal?

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Poster: FP Date: Aug 6, 2004 2:22am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Prelinger films sold on ebay

The repackaging is legal, but crass. The new copyright claims are baseless, unless the work has been substantially altered - which in most cases, it clearly hasn't.

I don't see why the disc boxes just don't say "from the Prelinger Archives". Most people wouldn't know what it meant anyway, and it's not like it's a big secret from other PD-repackaging competitors of bargain DVDs.

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Poster: GersonK Date: Aug 6, 2004 3:05am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Prelinger films sold on ebay

I don't see why the disc boxes just don't say "from the Prelinger Archives". Most people wouldn't know what it meant anyway, and it's not like it's a big secret from other PD-repackaging competitors of bargain DVDs.

Not sure how RP would feel about it, but somehow such a minor fake seal-of-approval acknowledgment of the archives doesn't seem much less crass to me. And of coursee it doesn't do much to let potential customers know that not only is the seller nowhere near an exclusive or primary source for this material, but that much of it is available for free download elsewhere. (Which is of course, the last thing the sellers want people to know.)

edit: added missing word.

This post was modified by GersonK on 2004-08-06 10:05:19